The trumpet is typically a brass, but sometimes other material wind instrument, operated by the vibration of air in a circular chamber, with a pitch controlled by valves on top of the instrument which are pressed during operation. The trumpet is an iconic instrument, typically perceived as a loud instrument – the instrument of announcement and good news. However the trumpet can also be somber and melancholic, such as TAPS, which is played on a bugle or trumpet at a U.S. soldiers funeral.
The trumpet is an important instrument in orchestra as well, typically leading the brass section in melody. Trumpets have been around for thousands of years, and find their origin in China and the Middle East. Several trumpets dating back to 3000 BC have been found, one in particular which was made from a single sheet of metal, a technical marvel of the time. Early trumpets like these often did not have any valves, but would have at most 2 or 3 playable notes, or simply one. The addition of valves around the 1800’s increased the nobility of the trumpet, due to the increase in range.
The valves on a trumpet, when pressed, increase the length of the tube through which the air travels, thereby lowering the pitch. Most modern trumpets consist of a brass tube wound twice around, with 3 valves on top (rarely 4), and is held with both hands. The trumpeter blows and also “buzzes” into the mouthpiece, which vibrates the air through the chamber and out the cone, producing the tone we recognize as a trumpet.
Trumpet lessons will focus on proper stance when holding the instrument, the importance of breathing, various breathing exercises for strengthening of the diaphragm, music theory, scales and other exercises, reading sheet music, learning orchestral dynamics, and much more! We have some great trumpet instructors who can really help you or your child take off in this instrument. Your teacher will also have information about where to rent instruments and purchase supplies.
To sign up for trumpet lessons, either email us ([email protected]), call us (971-227-4222), or use the contact form on our website. We will answer any further questions you have, and based on your address will recommend a trumpet teacher in your area. We will have the teacher contact you (usually the same day) and set up a free first lesson. After the free trumpet lesson, if you decide you like the teacher, we will send you your billing information by email.
The Musicality Network is a Portland, Oregon based network of private music teachers, teaching a wide variety of instruments including Piano lessons, Guitar lessons, Drum lessons, Violin lessons, Voice lessons, Saxophone lessons, Trumpet lessons and more! Our teachers can drive to your house, and we service the entire Portland Metro Area, including Vancouver, Clackamas, Troutdale, Gresham, Tigard, Beaverton, Tualatin, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Oregon City and more!